Recruitments to be expedited

Prime Minister Justice (Retd) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso was given detailed briefing on law and order situation in Balochistan and the status of implementation on the much talked about Aghaz-i-Haqooq-i-Balochistan.

A high-level meeting in this connection was held here at Prime Minister's Secretariat under the chair of Prime Minister and attended by officials of PM Secretariat, Planning Commission, Ministry of Communications and Balochistan Government.

The Chief Secretary Balochistan Babar Fateh Yaqoob apprised the meeting of the salient features of Aghaz-i-Haqooq-i-Balochistan and the status of their implementation.

He apprised the Prime Minister on the prevailing law and order situation in the province and the challenges faced by provincial government in the maintenance of public order during general elections.

While dilating upon the Aghaz-i-Haqooq-i-Balochistan Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad, Chief Secretary Balochistan, briefed the Prime Minister on progress made so far on various developmental projects in the province.

The Prime Minister was informed by Secretary Establishment Division that out of 7582 vacancies in the Federal government available to persons holding Balochistan domicile 4561 have been filled so far while the process for filling the remaining 3021 vacancies is being taken up by Establishment Division.

He also briefed the Prime Minister on the policy of posting and transfer of officers of Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS) and Police Services of Pakistan (PSP) to Balochistan. The meeting was informed that all prominent political parties had shown enthusiasm by filing nomination papers for participation in the elections.

The Prime Minister was also briefed on the Prime Minister's Scholarship Programme. “Presently 150 children from various districts of Balochistan were being educated in leading academic institutions of the country under the programme, fully funded by the Federal government.”

Each student is also granted a stipend of Rs 1500 per month. Raghib Abbas Shah, Chairman Water And Power Development Authority (WAPDA) apprised the meeting on the progress made so far in the Kachi Canal project. He also apprised the meeting of the demand and supply position of electricity in the province as well as the efforts being made by WAPDA to keep loadshedding to the minimum in the province.

After a comprehensive discussion on various issues it was decided that a proposal be examined to increase the number of students under the Prime Minister's Scholarship Programme from 150 to 300.

Similarly, it was decided that recruitment to the vacant posts in Balochistan will be expedited. The Planning Commission has also been asked to examine the possibility of arranging funds for timely completion of Kachi Canal project.